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with my condition. even a robot can dream. >> in the end, i think it's really about making people flourish. >> pretty inspiring stuff. thanks, folks. i have a hot date with a gal named siri. >> thanks, data. from robots to bees, andrew cote and heather knight are influencing their fields. and that's what makes them on "the next list." i'm dr. sanjay gupta. hope to see you back here next week. hello, everyone. it's 3:00 p.m. on the east coast, noon out west. for those of you just joining us in the cnn newsroom, welcome. i'm fredricka whitfield. here are the items this afternoon. hannah anderson and her family are saying goodbye to a mother
and son. police say family friend james dimaggio killed christina and ethan anderson before kidnapping hannah earlier this month. the wildfire is spreading to the yosemite national park. sto it's been 50 years since martin luther king, jr. made his "i have a dream" speech on the washington mall. many are gathering for that event. in a small catholic church near san diego, the service is under way to remember alleged kid nam victim hannah anderson's mother and brother. this is a live picture right now inside the guardian angels catholic church in santee, california. the bodies of christina and ethan anderson were found in the burnt home of family friend james dimaggio. dimaggio is suspected of killing
them before kidnapping hannah and fleeing to idaho. after hannah was spotted in idaho, the fbi shot him dead. hannah was returned to her family. how has this service brought not only a community together but perhaps those immediate family members of hannah anderson? >> reporter: well, fredricka, there are about 450, maybe 500 people inside. it's completely full. there is an overflow room that people are sitting in right now, and the proceedings have been going along as you might expect. lots of emotion. i've heard some whimpering while i was sitting inside the church. hannah is sitting in between her grandparents. they are the grandparents of tina anderson, and her grandmother has pretty much had her arm around hannah the entire proceedings as they've watched everything and you've seen hannah with her head down as she's listening. but overall, lots of people from the families, lots of family from the different communities. brett anderson also sitting in the same pew with hannah just further down the row there all
taking this in. and finally getting that chance to say goodbye to their loved ones after some three weeks it's been since they were found in that burned-out building. fred? >> this has been a mass, but is there any expectation that hannah would say anything today? >> reporter: there was no expectation that she would say anything today. in fact, they've been very protective of her, even when she arrived here at the church, arriving in a big, black suv and protecting her, a group of people, to take her into the church. but while things were getting ready to be started, she was walking around the church, smiling, hugging people, holding a baby. she was making the rounds and we have yet to see her cry while she was doing all that, but just sort of soaking up the love she was feeling for the people who showed up here to honor christina and ethan. >> thank you very much. in california, a raging wildfire. it's growing. the rim fire nearly doubled in size in a day, and it has spread to the edges of yosemite
national park. nick valencia is there and has been following it for us. >> reporter: the sun has come up here in stanislaw national forest and it's given us some perspective just how devastating this rim fire has been. these charred trees go back a couple unyarhundred yards, at l. it's been very unforgiving to the terrain. the acres has been very far. you see here the fire completely jumped over this road, scorched this but left those trees over there in the distance untouched. we've seen multiple fire crews from local, state and federal agencies trying to work to put out this blaze. it's been eating away at the edge of yosemite national park. and right now at this hour, that is one of the big concerns for those who are fighting the flames. it is, however, a ways away from the tourist center of the yosemite valley. right now they tell us it's still blue skies and very little
smoke in that area. they're not discouraging tourists from coming, but there is a long road ahead for the fire officials working to put out this flame. at last check, only 5% containment. more than 2,000 firefighters working to put it out. fred? >> nick valencia, thank you so much. so the weather conditions in the area has been feeding those flames. alexandra steel is in the severe weather center. >> reporter: you know, it's a function of two factors, fredricka, kind of the acceleration of this. one, the winds. they've been strong and erratic. and the other, the terrains in these can yonz. put the winds in these canyons and that's what it's called, the canyon effect. the wind gets squeezed in the canyons. kind of like in new york city if you're walking between the buildings, the wind squeezes and accelerates and that's what we're seeing here as well. southwest winds 20 to 27 miles
an hour. another problem, the lack of rain. look at the next five days. dew points are low, in the 20s, meaning there's not a lot of moisture in the air. here's the irony, though. we've got a tropical storm just south and west, tropical storm evo. look where it is. it's west of the baja, and it is bringing copious amounts of rain. here's the fire, here's where all the rain is. we're going to see flooding in las vegas and palm springs and phoenix, so close but yet so far. so this rain is not going to make an impact on the fires and you can see where this tropical storm goes. it stays off the coast but brings a lot of moisture inland but south of where we need it. fred? i have a dream. let freedom ring. >> today thousands of people are gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. 50 years ago, martin luther king, jr. delivered his iconic "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial. our chris lawrence is live from washington with us right now, so chris, a number of people
gathering at the reflecting pool but then making their way on that route and then near the new martin luther king memorial as well? >> reporter: that's right. you know, the march may be over for today, fredricka, but this is really just the beginning of an entire week of looking back at the historic nature of that march. we saw the families of martin luther king, jr. and trayvon martin. there was a mix of politicians, civil rights activists, and everyday people, some of whom were here 50 years ago and were recalling all these incredible memories, and then many who were born decades later who were just sort of reconnecting with the significance of that march. nothing moved the crowd quite like representative john lewis, who was one of the original organizers of the march and the youngest speaker at the original march in 1963. he talked to the crowd about what inclusiveness and civil rights means today. >> all of us, it doesn't matter
whether we're black or white, latino, asian american or native american. it doesn't matter whether we're straight or gay, we're one people, we're one family, we're one house. we all live in the same house. back in 1963, we hadn't heard of the internet. we didn't have a cellular telephone. but we used what we had to bring about the non-violent revolution and i said to all the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make america what america should be for all of us! >> reporter: and again, we talked about this being the beginning, not the end. on wednesday, president barack obama will be here along with former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter along with a lot of hollywood celebrities like jamey foxx, oprah winfrey.
they will be marking that 50th anniversary i have a dream speech by martin luther king, jr. >> and chris, there were a number of people who you said had been there in 1963 and a lot of folks who had not. give me the idea of some perspectives from so many of these young people who showed up today who perhaps didn't know anything about the struggles that were the focus of that march 50 years ago. >> one thing that really jumped out at me is how many times up on that stage you heard people say -- and it was a lot of times women who said, women didn't speak at this march 50 years ago. and that's something that just sort of, as someone who was born after that time, i was sort of caught by surprise like, wow, okay, in 1963, this was all run by men. today you saw women have a very big presence. we talked to a lot of young people who said, you know, some of the issues that weren't even on the table 50 years ago that are now, rights for the gay and
lesbian community, immigration reform. so you see some things that have carried through, wanting more jobs, voting rights, but also some new issues that are really pertinent to folks today that maybe, you know, weren't high or weren't high on the list of thgs people were even considering in 1963. >> all right. chris lawrence, thank you so much from the reflecting pool there on the national mall. next week will be the final week that bob filner will be mayor of san diego. his last day is friday. but it won't be the end of his troubles. he's facing possible lawsuits and is under criminal investigation after 18 women accused him of sexual harassment. yesterday, as part of an agreement with him, the city council announced his resignation. he apologized but added that he has been a victim of mob hysteria. >> i started my political career facing lynch mobs. and i think we have just faced
one here in san diego. and you're going to have to deal with that. in a lynch mob mentality, rumors become allegations. allegations become facts. facts become evidence of sexual harassment, which have led to demands for my resignation and recall. >> the san diego union tribune reports as part of their agreement the city will pay filner's attorneys fees in the lawsuit now against him, up to $98,000. all right, the next story shocked so many. a washington man advocating a race war. >> and in the 21st century, we have two options. we're going to fight for our survival, we're going to unite as a people and protect our own interests, or these whiteys are going to show us who they really are. >> and guess what, he's a law
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gays and he says a race war is imminent. cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns has this story. >> reporter: fred, it's our understanding that the government is investigating this situation, though they tell us, of course, that they can't discuss personnel matters. the question is how a government employee with senior status at the department of homeland security, no less, could be found on the internet promoting a race war. >> we need warriors, militant [ bleep ]. >> his name is io kamathe, 29 years old, and he's an employee of department of homeland security in the customs enforcement. >> the question is how we're going to get his ass and bring him in to planet earth. >> reporter: but it's his rantings on the internet that's bringing attention. >> you can't think that when you see a black man as a warrior and
he's a homo that we're looking at a black man. >> he says his purpose is preparing black people for an unavoidable clash with the white race. >> he's prop gating some serious hate. he's got anti-gay, anti-semitic detail on there. it's really, really extreme. >> reporter: mr. kamafi is the individual known on web videos as the irritated genie, a fiery black nationalist. >> ignore the black boy, that's okay. >> reporter: while there's thousands of hate videos and web sites, what makes hate on arrival different is the apparent government employee. >> you can't, as an employee of dhs, just do anything you want. you have to report this kind of material given the sensitive nature of the law enforcement work. >> reporter: ice put out a statement. ice does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of
violence of any kind against anyone. every ice employee is held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. accusations of misconduct are investigated thoroughly, and if substantiat substantiated, appropriate action is taken. but both left and right have strong reactions, including sarah palin, who called it unflippingbelievable. >> that was joe johns reporting, and cnn reached out to mr. kamafi, but he did not return our calls. comic books and the civil rights movement? two things you don't often hear together. well, two men have done just that. they're telling the story of congressman john lewis' life in a graphic novel, and we'll meet them, next. but first, this week's cnn hero saw refugee girls in urban chicago struggling to get an education and fit into their new community. so she took it upon herself to reach out to those who desperately need a place to call home. >> my family came to america
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i have a dream. let freedom ring. >> congressman john lewis has lived his life as a true foot soldier in the civil rights movement. now his remarkable life from sit-ins in the south to a seat on capitol hill are being told in a graphic novel called "march." joining me now is the writer and ilstrart lustrate illustrater of this graphic novel. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> i think when people hear the word comic book, they start thinking of fantasy. they think of entertainment. but quite the opposite with this. nate, you're the illustrater of this graphic novel. explain how it is and how you got the idea of turning one man's history into this form. >> more or less, andrew and the congressman worked together and worked up the script together over several years, and i
received a call from my publi publisher after they had worked up a deal just for the script more or less saying i was the artist for the job. so i started working on some demo pages and we slowly built a relationship. yeah, one of my jobs was to find an accurate representation of the congressman's story and sort of melding that with the unique powers of storytelling. >> andrew, how do you do this? we're talking about congressman lewis' life is just amazing. what a tapestry, what a journey. how do you make a decision? what elements of his journey, of his life, should be in this graphic novel form? >> the congressman is such a wonderful storyteller himself, right? so over the years working in this congressional office, i've heard him tell his stories to so many young kids. in particular, i heard him tell these stories on inauguration day. as we sat down to think about this, it really came down to capturing those stories, the way he tells it himself, so that
future generations don't lose that, or the people who can't necessarily come to his office. and telling those stories as he tells them so that you're capturing that experience for everyone. >> and that's really important because congressman lewis himself has said that he hopes that "march", and this is the first of a trilogy, will appeal to a new generation. some of the artwork is graphic, some of the language is very hard-hitting. the "n" word is in these graphic novels as well. how do you try to appeal to young people so as not to turn them off, trifrighten them, but enlighten them? >> i don't think it's difficult at all to appeal to them in this format. the challenge is to try to produce a narrative that reaches from 12 and 13-year-olds to 60-year-olds in a way that respects people's different sensibilities in reading and in content and allows them to
become engaged in a very personal way. >> and, clearly, while you want this to transcend generations, you also want this to transcend race. really, from the onset, that is being accomplished because congressman lewis and the two of you look very differently but, obviously, you have the same passion about sending the same kind of message. how did that come about? >> well, we're all southerners. congressman lewis feels very strongly about reaching out not just to people in the south but all over the world, whether they're black or white, asian hispanic, asian american. i think as we look to see how we do this story, telling this story beyond the movement but as a symbol became very important. >> andrew iden and nate powell, thank you very much to both of you and it's called "march."
thanks to both of you. congressman lewis spoke this afternoon at the march on washington remembering his days as a young man in the fight for civil rights. >> i gave them the blood on that bridge in selma, alabama for the right to vote. i am not going to stand by and let the supreme court take the right to vote away from us. >> and you can see john lewis live tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. on state of the union with candy crowley. blaming obamacare. ups says it's changing its health care coverage because of the president's health care plan. ups says they can't cover thousands of their employees anymore. [ indistinct conversations ]
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the former south african president remains in critical but stable condition. they say the 95-year-old's condition becomes unstable at times but then stabilizes with medical intervention. mandela has been in the hospital since june 8 battling a recurring lung infection. some of paula deen's legal problems may be over. the lawsuit that led to revelations the celebrity chef used racial slurs in her past is expected to be dismissed with prejudice. that means it cannot be filed again. it's not clear if deen will be paying a settlement to the former employee that filed the suit, but a federal court website does label the filing a settlement agreement. a four-d haffordable health really tough for americans, and ups is cutting back its coverage, and it's blaming
obamacare for the change. christine romans has the story. >> 15,000 people is the magic number of working spouses that will no longer get health insurance coverage for employees working at ups. that affects roughly half the company's work force. in this internal memo obtained by kaiser health news, ups states, we believe your spouse should be covered by their own employer just as ups has a responsibility to offer coverage to you, our employee. the shipping giant told kaiser health news the cut is expected to save them $60 million a year, savings it hopes will offset cost increases due to the affordable care act. ups is blaming several aspects of obamacare, such as health care costs up to age 26 and fees. the cost of obamacare is expected to climb 22.5% in 2015.
ups's announcement just another piece of kindling fueling debate over obamacare. >> they should have health care, and obamacare is causing more and more people struggling to climb the economic ladder to lose their health care. >> my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail. their number one priority. >> so why would anyone challenge 12 1,000-pound bulls? coming up, we'll talk to a woman who can answer that. she ran with the bulls today, in all places, virginia. [ male announcer ] these heads belong to those who can't put life on hold because of a migraine. so they trust excedrin migraine to relieve pain fast. plus sensitivity to light, sound, even nausea. and it's #1 neurologist recommended.
everybody knows about the famous running of the bulls in pamplona, spain. well, now anyone who wants that experience of terror without traveling to spain can actually do it right here in the good old us of a. an event called the great bull run took place today at a quarter mile racetrack in -- wait for it -- petersburg, virginia. and guess who was there? kathy pierce. here she is, all in one piece, and kathy, you look way too good to have run with the bulls this morning. >> i cleaned up a little while afterwards, so yeah. i didn't quite look like this after the race. >> oh, my goodness, so how did it go and why in the world did you want to do this? >> it was so exciting. i love action-packed sports. i love nascar. go, denny hamlin. but i love sports, and this gave me the opportunity to do something that i've always watched on tv.
so i just -- i did think about the danger of it, but then i just went for it. >> okay. so you watched the running of the bulls, pamplona, you see it on videotape, and you've always said to yourself, i kind of want to do that, i just don't want to go to spain? >> exactly. i can't afford to go to spain right now. >> how did you prepare yourself? did you train in any way? did you get special shoes? did you read up on anything? what is your strategy? >> well, i did buy new tennis shoes. i had to look nice. but yeah, i bought new tennis shoes to add some traction to them. i did practice climbing a fence because i thought i would need to climb the fence to get out of the way and did a little bit of dodging. it's not necessarily how fast you run, it's how fast you get out of the way. >> did you have any close calls or anything? yeah? >> i had to climb the fence, yes. >> you did. so what was that moment like? kind of heart-stopping, right?
>> it was, it was. it was more like i could see a wall of people coming at me, and then you could see the bulls through that, so, yeah, i thought, well, maybe i just better get out of the way. >> so kathy, besides your own personal experience, you can now say you've run with the bulls, but what was the most memorable thing about your experience today, whether it be looking at a bull in the eye or looking at the people that came out for this. what resonates the most with you? >> you know, it was a combination of the bulls as well as the crowd there. they had a fantastic crowd. it was just a very fun atmosphere, just a very diverse group of people. you would see college people all the way up to senior citizens. i met -- i just met a great group of people. >> oh, my goodness. >> so how are you going to top this? what is next besides maybe a phone call from denny hamlin to take you out on the racetrack or
something? >> whoo! >> that must be it. >> that would be the ultimate. >> is there a way of topping this experience? >> i really don't know. a young lady that i met there said that she's been skydiving, so maybe that's next on the agenda. >> oh, my goodness, and hopefully denny hamlin is watching you today and you'll get that phone call from him or something like that and get out on the racetrack. >> or austin dillon. he's great, too. >> they're all racing this weekend, aren't they? >> they are, yeah. and this is my hard-earned t-shirt from my effort today. >> you will be sporting that, and i know you're going to make that look really good. amazing. >> i'll try. i'll wear it proudly. >> we're so glad you shared the experience, and you made it all in one piece, no bumps, no bruises. you look good. >> i'm fine.
thanks so much, fredricka. >> thanks so much. let me know if your favorite racecar drivers give you a call. it's a follow-up. >> i will. i will. thank you. >> all right, take care. coming up next, the polar ice caps very serious. many activists are letting us know they are melting. today we find out just how fast from a scientist at nasa. deejay robbie wild lives in a world of rhythm and bass. he just can't hear it. severe ear infections as a child left wild 100% deaf in his right here and 80% deaf in his left. >> dealing with the hearing loss, i went up to my mom and i said, it's okay, i'll be all right, i promise you. you'll see i'll be fine. >> reporter: although hearing is the most important sense in a deejay's life, wild was still determined to make it. he went to deejay school to
learn the art of turntableism and he relies on a computer to see the music. red is a kick from the bass. blue, that's a snare. greens are vocals. >> i don't want you to see me as a deaf deejay or a deaf kid trying to deejay. i want you to see me as a great deejay that happens to be deaf, you know, because i don't want sympathy, i don't want let's give him a gift because he's hearing impaired. >> wild got noticed by hep. it also earned him a spot on a commercial, thrusting him on the world stage. >> it stedoesn't matter that i can't hear the music. >> besides, wild says, some things are just better left unheard. >> there are a lot of sounds in the world you don't want to hear. i like it muffled. i like who i am. i'm proud of who i am. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn
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meteorologist chad meyers his take on the issue. >> fred, nasa scientists are on the front lines of a major issue, arctic sea ice. one lead researcher i talked to said the prognosis going forward isn't good. the good news is this, this year there is a little more ice than there was last year. the bad news, though, is the ice isn't recovering at all and we're still on one of those years that's really low in terms of extent and the ice is really thin, still. >> that's one of the questions i wanted to ask you. we can see the square footage of it, but can we see how thick it is? >> sure, we have a couple ways to do it. we have a mission called operation ice bridge that bounces radars off the ice to merits thickness. we even measure the thickness of the snow on top of the ice. >> can you also measure the permafrost? i'm concerned about this and all the methane that can go up into the atmosphere. what can you see with your equipment? >> the permafrost is a big one, because as the sea ice retrieat,
you start to transfer that heat off the ocean and you release that methane you talked about. we study the permafrost loss in a couple different ways. we take pictures because as p m per permafrost thaws, it brings that will to the surface. you get a density change that deflates the surface a little bit. >> can we put this together with global warming? >> sure. one of the things we sort of try to do is we try to understand what are the specific connections between the warming of the planet and what's going on at the poles. the simple thing is this. in the tropics you have ways to release the heat from global warming that's building up there and it winds up getting cycled through the atmosphere. the poles are like the canary in the coal mines. they melt a lot faster there, and that's what we're seeing.
the top layer of ice is forming a pond. and where that's important, too, in addition to just melting the ice and losing it, that lets more sunlight into the ocean and it changes the basic part of the food web. >> your portable orbiting satellite, this is global for you. we're not just looking at the top of the world all the time. are you seeing anywhere where the ice is expanding? >> almost nowhere. and you know what, there's been a couple studies that have come out recently where they have done planetwide surveys using multiple different techniques, okay? satellites like grace which detect changes in mass loss, satellites that measure to weigh the ice itself. when you put all those studies together, we are losing ice pretty much from everywhere. and i feel like it's our job to inform the public about the science that we're doing and help them plan better. >> and now we're just weeks away from a major climate report that may show us just how stark the reality going forward may be. back to you.
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it's not unusual for seniors and low-income patients to get a discount on their prescriptions, but what if the prescription was for pot? athena jones has the story. >> hi, fred, 20 states and washington, d.c., has made smoking marijuana for medical purposes legal, but selling it and possessing it is still a federal crime. this new rule requiring subsidies for a product that's illegal on the federal level would be unprecedented. >> reporter: discounts for weed?
washington, d.c., could soon become the first jurisdiction in the country to require medical marijuana dispensaries to subsidize pot for low-income patients. >> doctors realize this is medication that can work for patients and those patients need to be able to obtain it whether they are rich or poor. >> reporter: they would have to set aside 2% of gross revenue to provide discounts of a least 20% for patients that earn less than double the federal poverty level. those that don't comply could face a fine of $2,000 per offense and lose their license to operate for multiple offenses. the marijuana policy project which advocates for legalizing and regulating weed said the discounts are a good idea. >> this puts the onus on the dispensaries themselves but the bottom line for the patient at the end of the day if you are somebody on a lower or fixed income, you need to obtain medication. >> reporter: pot can cost a pretty penny.
at the recently opened capitol city care dispensary, they offer discounts of 10% to 15% to seniors and veterans and low-income patients and say they are happy to do their part to ensure that all patients have access to the medicine they need. metropolitan wellness center in southeast washington also offers some discounts but says the proposed rule isn't the best approach. >> i support the idea of a reduced cost, you know, access to cannabis, but i think the approach of the 20% discount or this 2% fund that would be, you know, contributed to by the business isn't the best or most creative process. >> reporter: the proposed rule is still under going the required 30-day comment period so it's not a done deal yet, fred? >> thank you so much, athena jones. all right, they've got one shot, just one chance, to pull this sunken ship out of the water in one piece.
to pull it up and move it to a salvage yard. erin mclaughlin reports they hope it stays in one piece. >> reporter: it's been 19 months since the luxury cruise liner the "costa concordia" ran aground off the west coast of italy killing 32 people on board. and now news that the crippled ship will finally be lifted from its side in september. an american and italian company consider working around the clock to prepare the infamous wreckage for its voyage. it will enable salvage operation like no other in history. >> teams 12ed up to 500 plus people with the welders joining us. so, we still have 100,000 in the water every day. we have 55 welders on the project 24 hours a day. >> reporter: the plan began with steel platforms built under the water. 36 cables will help hoist the
ship upright. and a series of enormous flotation devices attached to the ship's sides will help the cruise liner float away to a nearby port, hopefully all in one piece. >> roundabout the 20th of august, all the grouting and the mattresses should be underneath the bed of the "concordia." >> reporter: what makes the maneuver so risky, engineers behind the project say they only have one shot to make the deteriorating "costa concordia" float again. >> all right, that was erin mclaughlin reporting and, of course, we'll be watching closely. that's going to do it for me, fredricka whitfield. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with my colleague don lemon. don? >> hello, fredricka, thank you very much. we'll begin in california where a monster wildfire is creeping further into the iconic yosemite national park, the rim fire has doubled in size in the last day
swallowing up everything in its path. it's burned 126,000 acres and it's just 5% contained. the impact of the fire is spreading far beyond the park itself. governor jerry brown has issued a state of emergency for san francisco which is 150 miles away, but the fast-moving flames are threatening water and electrical lines that feed into the city forcing some to be shut down. we want to get to cnn's nick valencia who is joining us by phone from yosemite national park. you are joining us by phone because you've just returned from a tour of the fire lines. what are crews doing to slow down this fire? nick valencia, you there? >> hey, don, yeah, we are, i'm sorry, i'm having a little bit of trouble hearing you, but we just came back from yosemite national park, we got to the edge of the park. the western boundary has been encroached by this wildfire, what we saw were firefighters aggressively trying to put this thing out. they are working with limited resources, and part of the thing
that's making this too difficult to get a hold on is how fast it's moving. it's extremely dry out here, it's really dry, and the canyon winds push the flames even further especially right around now. in the morning it helps with the moisture in the air, it helps to do sort of -- keep the wild -- >> and apparently we're having a little bit of trouble with hearing nick valencia there in yosemite, california, but, again, he just came back from a tour of the site and is giving us some information. we'll get nick back and talk about the evacuation and this fire that has really swallowed up a lot of the forest. the rim fire we should tell you, on of the worst ever in the state of california. the fire's already damaged some lines and stations that provide power to parts of the bay area forcing a state of emergency to be issued. san francisco gets 85% of its water from the yosemite area reservoir. more than 2,600 firefighters are fighting that blaze, and huge
dc-10 air tankers are working from above. they've got it covered, they're trying at least. 45 structures are threatened as the fire continues its march eastward. so far the fire has had no direct effect on yosemite valley a popular spot with tourists with views of half dome and yosemite falls. 50 years ago dr. martin luther king jr. gave his famous i have a dream speech on the steps of the lincoln memorial. today thousands rallied in washington paying tribute to the historic anniversary. today's march is not just about martin luther king jr., it's about remembering and paying homage to the unforgettable moment in time when the civil rights movement was a national conversation. cnn's chris lawrence joins me now in washington. chris, what moments really stood out for you today there? >> reporter: well, don, i mean, so many.
i think seeing the families of emmett till and trayvon martin standing on that stage together. i think talking to a woman who was here in 1963 at the march, is barely out of her teens, and now seeing her in her 80s, talking about what the country was like back then, seeing the changes, and as she talked about looking around at all the people around her, and seeing the change in this country, and i have to say, what really moved the crowd was hearing from representative john lewis. he was the youngest speaker at that march in 1963, and here he returns 50 years later to talk about really the heart of that movement. it's been so associated with civil rights and the i have a dream speech, but he brought it back to its original purpose, jobs. >> we cannot be patient. we want jobs and we want our freedom now!
all of us, it doesn't matter whether we're black or white, latino, asian-american, or native american. it doesn't matter whether we're straight or gay. we're one people. we're one family. we're one house. we all live in the same house! so, i say to you, my brothers and sisters, we cannot give up! we cannot give out! we cannot give in! >> reporter: and, of course, jobs and voting rights were a big issue then, they are today. and i think one of the things we saw here was how much bigger the issues are. it includes immigration reform, the environment, rights for the gay and lesbian community. and one of the big things that jumped out to me was a couple of people got up there and said women did not speak at that march in 1963 and so many did
today. and it struck me as someone who was born after that, you just assume that women were part of the movement in a big public way, and that really wasn't the case. and then today to see so many women on that stage, being such a very public part of this memorial. don? >> and, of course, chris, the official anniversary is the 28th which is actually wednesday, and, of course, there are big festivities for that day as well. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, you've got obviously president barack obama will be right back here, commemorating the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter, and a lot of big hollywood stars as well wrr, ja foxx, oprah winfrey, leann rimes, it's just the beginning of looking back at what this march meant. >> chris lawrence, at the national mall for that. thank you very much for that.
coming up, who is the next martin luther king jr.? does this generation have a voice to inspire their generation like dr. luther king did? we'll talk it over with mark merial. and i sat down with hip-hop pioneer russell simmons and talked about the issues facing african-american youth. we agreed on some, we disagreed on others. you'll see the interview at 6:30 on cnn. hannah anderson prayed for her mother and brother at a public memorial service today. authorities say family friend james dimaggio killed christina and 8-year-old ethan anderson and kidnapped 16-year-old hannah, the fbi rescued hannah and shot and killed dimaggio after a nationwide alert. stephanie elam is in santee, california, with the latest on this. tell us about this emotional service. >> reporter: it was very
emotional, don, as you sat there, i was listening from afar as i sat inside the church. you saw the emotions on people's faces as they began the service. it was interesting to watch the dynamics before the service started, hannah anderson after this huge ordeal of being kidnapped and losing her mom and brother, welcoming people into the church and she was hugging people and holding a baby for a while, lots of smiles and as the service got started, you could tell her tone definitely changed. she had tough moments. there were poignant words from the father as he was remembering tina and ethan, and i want you to hear a few pieces of what he has to say. >> when horrific events occur in jer nann germany or russia or africa, they are not entirely real to us, but when they reach our doorstep when they touch us like the murders of tina and ethan, then they are indeed very real. we're touched by this evil and
we can never be the same again. >> reporter: and you could definitely see that as the weight of all of this started to hit hannah, you could see it on her face. and i just spoke with her grandmother, tina's mother, and she said she's very strong, she did have a few moments, she got through it. but she said she feels better knowing that they've been able to remember and memorial tina and ethan. and it's been two weeks since everything started, they were lost and they didn't know where hannah was and now they can sort of remember them the way they wanted to. >> stephanie elam, santee, california, thank you for that reporting. you can get more of hannah anderson's incredible survival story, anderson cooper's "special kidnapped, the rescue of hannah anderson" at 8:00 p.m. eastern. the march on washington as captured on film, i'll talk to a photographer who was there and took some of the most iconic
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syria's government leveling a new charge at the rebels. the regime said the rebels are using chemical weapons against government forces. this accusation comes the same week the opposition claims the syrian army used the same lethal weapons to kill 1,300 people. president obama met with the security team today. and no one is forgetting how he warned syria that the use of chemical weapons would cross a, quote, red line. cnn's frederik pleitgen joins me now from damascus. fred, what is the regime claiming now? >> reporter: well, the regime said its forces were raiding a neighborhood here, which is actually quite close to central damascus and they said as their forces were closing in that their forces were subject to what they say were chemical weapons. they believe the rebels launched those. and later on syrian tv, don, the regime showed pictures of what they said was a chemical weapons stash that they say their forces had raided. it is quite awkward to have the
allegations from the regime come just two days after the opposition said the regime had killed some 1,300 people through chemical attacks on the outskirts of damascus. it's still really unclear what happened there. the more evidence comes out, the more videos come out, the more testimonies come out from people, especially from that wednesday incident, it appears more and more likely that some sort of chemical agent appears to have been used. doctors without borders, for instance, is coming out and saying that doctors that are working with them documented some 3,600 cases of people who came with symptoms that seemed to indicate that they had been subject to some sort of nerve agent and that more than 350 of those people died. so, what's clear right now there is a big government offensive going on right now. it was going on for the past couple of days and that it seems very likely that some sort of chemical agent was released in the area around damascus, but who's responsible, what exactly happened, that's still very much up in the air. of course, you have the u.n. weapons inspectors on the ground
here, don, but they're not able to get to that area just yet. they're in negotiations with the syrian government and with the opposition to try and get safe passage into those areas, don. >> well, there's been some question about whether this really is -- can this really be a coincidence, the rebels were reportedly hit boy chemical weapons and the regime troops are hit just a few days later. >> reporter: yeah. yeah. i mean, it does seem a little bit awkward. however, the regime has been saying for the past couple of days is that if anybody used chemical weapons on the battlefield, they believe it's the rebels who did it. the rebels for their part, of course, are saying they don't even have the capabilities to do any of this. the testimonies that have come in from a lot of people who witnessed and who were subject to the alleged attacks that happened on wednesday say that it appears to be rockets that were fired into those areas that may have released those chemical agents. if that is the case, that would certainly point to the regime being involved in all this. but, again, all of that is very much unclear. you're absolutely right, the timing is very awkward. the whole story seems quite
awkward to all of a sudden find a chemical weapons stash in an area that's been under siege for such a very long time. but again, who knows? it's very difficult to tell at this point in time. there is no hard evidence, and the thing that's troubling about all of this, the longer all of this takes, the more difficult it will be to gather evidence. because while all of this is going on, there is still a big military operation under way by the syrian military. they are firing artillery into the same areas that were allegedly hit by that chemical attack the whole day, today and the whole day yesterday. we're hearing that all the time, artillery fire and mortar fire and you wonder if there is evidence on the ground, if there's soil samples, if there's samples on dead bodies, how much of that is still going to be around if these places keep taking the sustained mortar and artillery fire. so, therefore, the u.s. is saying, the international community is saying, those weapons inspectors need to get down there on the ground as fast as possible to assess things and then, maybe, it will come to life what exactly happened here.
but it is clear, that something very big and something terrible did happen here. that's something that the president, of course, also said in the interview with our chris cuomo just a couple of days ago, don? >> fred pleitgen in da mascudam. thanks, fred. a famed photographer is sharing his stories and images of the march on washington next. they can find your personal information and do some serious damage. like your birthday or your mother's maiden name. you need a new friend. lifelock. we scour billions of data points every day, and if we discover that any of your personal information is misused... lifelock is there. call us at 1-800-lifelock or go to lifelock.com today.
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the march on washington 50 years ago produced some unforgettable images. photos from that are featured in the new book "i have a dream, the 50-year testament to the march that changed america." it shows the amazing work of photographer bob adelman and he joins me to talk about the march and his memories and the incredible photographs, it's great to see you and the reflecting pool behind you, mr. adelman. you captured perhaps the most iconic images of this art. it's also your book cover, dr. king was shouting we're free at last, free at last, god almighty, we're free at last. what was it like to be standing right there? >> well, it was thrilling.
and i think most people don't realize now that the fate of the civil rights movement was in the balance that day. we were, you know, the people who were -- i was both a photographer and in the movement, and we were startled that so many people had showed up. we didn't know that that -- it would be such an extraordinary outpouring and we now that if lots of people came, congress, which was frozen at the time, would act. so, it was very, very extraordinary. but when doc spoke, it was unbelievable. i had never heard such oratory, and standing in the shadow of abraham lincoln at the end of his speech, i just thought to myself his truth is marching on.
but it was a great, great day. >> let's talk about the crowd there on that day. rich, poor, black and white. it was quite diverse, especially for 1963, for that time. >> well, the thing that was startling was the number of people, but they came from all walks of life. but it was also a very proud occasion. most of the people were dressed up as if they were going to church. and it was -- we were all proud to be there. of course, it was terrible apprehension that all 100 or 200,000 people showing up in washington was going to be a race riot. the president, jack kennedy, was opposed to the march initially.
they feared it would be, you know, a donnybrook here. instead, it was a magnificent, magnificent crowd. well behaved. very considerate. people were terribly kind to one another. >> yeah. mr. adelman, tell me about some of the big names. we were just looking at a picture of james baldwin, there was a picture of marlon brando, harry belafonte. tell us about that. >> well, you know, harry belafonte was the go-to guy in the movement whenever anybody had any problems and we needed some financing, they called harry. and he somehow found a way to help everybody. but all of those people, not only marched that day, but they would, you know, dipping into
their pockets to make it all possible. you know, dr. king traveled 24 million miles it was estimated, which is 40 trips around the moon. and most of that traveling was to get financial support for the movement. and those people were -- all of them were there, you know, because they truly believed. >> yeah. and as we said, we saw john lewis, rosa parks, james baldwin there. but, you know, not in the book, but you also shot many powerful photos from that era, two caught my eye, one is a woman waiting to register to vote and another is a child sitting in front of a wagon with a homemade sign. what's behind these two stories? >> well, the wagon shot was dr.
king's last great mission, which was to help the poor which a still unmet. so he was -- the child is on the wagon which was one of the wagons which was part of the poor people's march. and the vote, well, you know, the south re-won the civil war after federal troops left, and our black brothers were deprived of the vote. and the great, great effort was made during -- in the civil rights movement to get people registered and voting. and all of that led, of course, to having barack obama as president. and, you know, when he was i
guess inaugurated, famously john lewis asked him to sign his photograph as the new president. and obama wrote, "because of you, john." and that was for all the people who came out and registered to vote. >> uh-huh, yeah. and john lewis tells me and both men teared up at that moment. bob adelman, thank you so much. great work. we appreciate you coming on cnn. thank you. >> good to see you. >> you as well. next, you could be a millionaire. but your time to claim your winnings is running out.
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coming up at the top of the hour, who is the next martin luther king jr.? does this generation have a voice to inspire the way dr. king inspired his? plus, this, i sat down with hip-hop pioneer russell simmons and talked about the challenges and the responsibilities facing american youth. especially african-american
youth today. my exclusive interview with the legendary music producer coming up at 6:30 eastern, right here on cnn. don't miss it. in the meantime, i'm don lemon. the top stories, 30 minutes away. but, first, dr. sanjay gupta. >> welcome to "sg md." today why most schools don't teach the way that our brains are, in fact, wired to learn. and how some schools are now trying a different approach. also a diet that's almost all fruit. doesn't sound like it would be healthy, but i checked it out. and i was surprised by what i found. but, first, over the past two decades a tick, not much bigger than the period at the end of a sentence, has been spreading an outsize fear throughout the northeast united states. it spreads lime disease, it also spreads controversy and this week the cdc reported a number of cases ten times higher than it had before, about 300,000 a year. now, for most people antibiotics